ARBOC SECURES FIRST MAJOR ORDER FOR EQUESS TRANSIT BUSES
ARBOC, subsidiary of NFI Group Inc. announced that Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) in Arkansas has awarded ARBOC with an order for up to 40 Spirit of Equess low-floor, medium-duty transit buses. This award includes eight 29-foot buses and four 34-foot buses, plus options for an additional 28 buses. The buses will be procured through ARBOC’s US dealer, Creative Bus Sales (CBS).
The low-floor Equess vehicles have “kneeling” capabilities, while enhancing Ozark Regional Transit’s 100 percent ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant fleet. The order will replace buses destroyed in a fire on January 9, 2017, and will supplement existing ARBOC low-floor cutaway buses in the ORT fleet. Nearly 70% of North American’s low-floor body-on-chassis buses (cutaways) are manufactured by ARBOC, or as the press-release mentions: 'Designed in America, sourced in America, and built in America'.
Ozark Regional Transit serves the two county area of northwest Arkansas, including the cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, and Rogers. ORT supports over 300,000 trips annually with 12 fixed routes throughout the region, and intends to increase the number of fixed routes in future.
With nearly 6,000 team members, operating from 31 facilities across Canada and the United States, NFI is North America’s largest bus manufacturer providing a comprehensive suite of
mass transportation solutions under several brands: New Flyer,
ARBOC which has more than 3,000 buses in service, MCI and NFI Parts. For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, NFI posted revenues of US $2.4 billion.